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Moore impressed with increased intensity

DARREN Moore has welcomed an increase in training intensity levels following the return of several senior players.

The Baggies, who are now into their third week of pre-season, have travelled to the University of St Andrews in Scotland for a four-day camp.

Jake Livermore and Oliver Burke have joined up with the squad having spent time with England and Scotland U21s over the summer, Sam Johnstone is away with Albion for the first time after his arrival from Manchester United, and James Morrison is in his second week of full training.

Moore has been impressed with the players’ application during sessions and is relishing the opportunity to work with the group as a whole in the coming weeks.

Darren said: “Training has been very, very good.

“The response from the players has been superb. We’ve got them in a condition exactly on point and we have been pleased with the work that we’ve seen.

“There’s definitely been a difference in the intensity of training since the senior lads came back.

“They are very good players and training has lifted since having them back in.

“Everyone will be back on Monday apart from Nacer Chadli who is obviously away with Belgium at the World Cup.

“From Monday we’ll have everyone back in, apart from Nacer, working towards the opening game of the season.

“The facilities here at St Andrews are wonderful. The pitches are great.

“It’s a popular destination for European teams and it’s a great way to get the boys away from the training ground and into a different environment with different working conditions.

“It’s about the group focusing and coming here to work on key passages of play.”

The Baggies boss is keen to bolster his squad ahead of the opening game of the season against Bolton Wanderers at The Hawthorns on Saturday, August 4 and revealed offers have been lodged.

“We have offers in for players at the moment.

“Now it’s trying to agree fees with the clubs we are trying to get the players from and obviously personal terms.

“Hopefully we can get them over the line and see one or two new faces coming to the club.”

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